Stock height suspension options - Dobinsons

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  1. crikeymike

    crikeymike Dobinsons Spring & Suspension USA

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    Stock height stuff comes up all the time, so I figured I should start a thread to list out our options specifically for those not wanting to lift much, but correct the ride quality. Many have seen how well 80's look when they're riding back at stock height, especially with the amount of sag that some of these trucks have. A new pair of stock height coils could bring up an inch or two depending on how worn all the OE parts are.

    Also, for those people who have added weight (bumpers, etc) but don't want to lift too much, with the weight of the accessories you have, front or rear, we can figure out which coil would be the best to choose to get you at the desired ride height.

    Front Coils
    C59-210V - Standard height, stock load - variable rate (best riding option)
    C59-174 - Standard height, stock load - linear rate
    C59-168 - Standard height +15mm lift (0.6"), with 250LB load (bumper and winch) - linear rate. Picks up the front a bit taller than stock with the heavy load to reduce some rake front to rear

    Rear Coils
    C59-221V - Standard height, stock load - variable rate (best riding option)
    C59-243 - Standard height, stock load - linear rate
    C59-169 - Standard height, heavy load with 300LB load (rear bumper, etc) - linear rate.

    Front Shocks
    GS59-683 - Heavy duty twin tube nitrogas shocks - For 0-3" of lift
    SD59-824 - Heavy duty big bore steering damper with new fittings - works with or without lift

    Rear Shocks
    GS59-682 - Heavy duty twin tube nitrogas shocks - For 0-3" of lift

    And for trimming purposes left or right, or to add a little extra lift, here are the coil spacer options, all available individually.

    Front Coil Spacers
    PS59-4001 - 5mm
    PS59-4002 - 10mm
    PS59-4003 - 20mm
    PS59-4004 -30mm

    Rear Coil Spacers
    PS59-4005 - 10mm
    PS59-4006 - 15mm
    PS59-4007 - 30mm

    Front Radius Arm Bushings
    RB59-536K - 0 Degree standard rubber radius arm bushings - arm to axle (contains 4)
    RB59-534K - Standard rubber bushings - arm to chassis (contains 2)
     
  2. half k cruiser

    half k cruiser

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    I'm willing to volunteer the BIG RED Restoration ! to test a set of the variable rates for you :hmm: Those OME variable rates have been riding a bit rough here lately.
     
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    Are they all 1990's Charlotte Hornets teal?
     
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    half k cruiser

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    Yeah, so that's actually pretty funny. To answer your question they are, and it really doesn't look bad on a truck.
     
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    DARKNESS

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    They sound like a pretty nice setup I kind of wish I'd gone with them over OME. Just funny they chose such a bizarre color.
     
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    Bryanseye Inaffective Grammer Nazi SILVER Star

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    Great timing. Looking at a set of rear springs.
     
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    crikeymike Dobinsons Spring & Suspension USA

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    Comet Knower of little, master of less. SILVER Star

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    Sent inquiry to the web site for front/rear springs, steering damper.
     
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    half k cruiser

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    You know you can just PM @crikeymike and he will get you the info ?
     
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    Went through official channels, should have used the MUD back door. Thanks, have been in touch.

     
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    crikeymike Dobinsons Spring & Suspension USA

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    30mm spacers going out

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    He's very helpful for making our new suspension setup a reality.
     
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    I think the thing to do is make the stock hight or about 1 inch taller. Make them look right with 285/75 since that is kind of the nirm for stock hight trucks. But make the springs LONG hight and make the shocks long as well for really good flex. Even if it requires longer brakelines it would be a killer setup.

    I am starting to think that lifting these things as little as posible is the way to go.
     
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    I think the thing to do is make the stock hight or about 1 inch taller. Make them look right with 285/75 since that is kind of the nirm for stock hight trucks. But make the springs LONG hight and make the shocks long as well for really good flex. Even if it requires longer brakelines it would be a killer setup.

    I am starting to think that lifting these things as little as posible is the way to go.
     
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    I will post before and after pictures. As well as my thoughts on the product, customer service, written directions, and seat of the pants calculation of the MASSIVE horsepower gains I expect from the stock height refresh. :)
     
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    Fresh oem air in the tires should give you at least a 40% increase in horsepower and mileage. Only oem air though!!!
     
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    I have also been contemplating this more as of late. A locked rig on 285's with 0-1" of lift will still be incredible off road. On road, around town, the 90% of your driving it will be so much more enjoyable than a big lifted rig. My daily driver 80 has the OME dual rates on it. The height is perfect at just around an inch over stock and almost level front to rear. The ride leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know if they are wearing out or what. I did put fresh OEM shocks on and that helped a lot, but after the initial (wow that's better) phase wore off, they are still quite stiff.

    A variable rate is definitely the way to go. I'm assuming the Dobinsons standard height will be comparable in lift to the OME standard height kit. I would be very curious to see how much lift you would get from the 2" tapered wire coils on a rig that didn't have all the armor and extras. That could be a very nice setup if it kept the height of the truck down.
     
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    I am very curious about this as well. I am looking into replacing my stock setup with something that is comparable that would give me a slightly higher lift than stock. I do tend to haul camping and hunting stuff on occasions so good ride and still be able to do the offroad thing is my goal.
     
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    slow95z Always parting 80s GOLD Star

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    i want that koozie next time i order something. i got the shirt but its a collared one and i dont wear those on weekends or working on the rig but i do drink plenty of beer.
     
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    As promised, although really late to the game. Front C59-210V, Rear C59-169. No spacers, Toyota stock shocks. Ride quality is improved a lot. Seat of the pants horsepower increase is at least 20hp at the wheels. It could be the springs or the fact that I let out the factory air from the tires and replaced with unobtanium Chernobyl compressed air. Ha!

    Ride height is a little bit higher in the rear unloaded but a good solo camping trip will level things out. I measured the distance from the top of the tire to the wheel arch.

    I like.

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    Pre install. Toyota shocks and springs. All four corners were the same height.
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    Post install. All four corners are close to the same. The rear was at 7" until I put the third row seats back in, spare fluids, parts, and tools. It leveled out as shown below.
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    I have been a bit preoccupied with my new 60 series named Buster Brown (see signature below).
     
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